Ever since Google shut down the Nexus program by unveiling the new Pixel phones, fans of the program have been left wondering what will happen next after the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
Well, it appears that there’s a solid option for you in the shape of Nokia. At the moment, the company has Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 as the only Android phones in the market. These phones are based on a clean Android experience, something that resembles what Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X would really relish.
While none of the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 or Nokia 3 has the hardware credentials required to push aside the Google Nexus 6P or even the low-end Nexus 5X, the software experience they offer is the closest you can get to the Nexus phones. Since the Nokia 6 came into being, for instance, it has been receiving monthly software updates at about the same time as the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and the Pixel phones.
Now, in another interesting development, HMD Global, the company that is now responsible for the Nokia brand, has just confirmed that the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will receive the update to Android O, probably when the stable version hits the market.
Up to now, these are the only budget devices that have received an official guarantee of receiving Android O, with the other one being Google’s own Nexus 5X. So, what does this actually mean for those who were ready to grab a Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X successor back in 2016 after missing out on the phones in 2015? It means that you have something to turn to, at least when it comes to the software experience.
There are many who missed out on the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X and were probably ready to get a new Nexus phone last year. When the Pixel and Pixel XL came in, they took away one of the major selling points of the Nexus – affordability. With the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, you are getting very affordable devices than run clean Android software and have a promise of receiving the next version of Android. Aren’t these worthy Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X alternatives? Maybe, maybe not!
There’s word that HMD Global is working on more powerful Nokia phones, probably Nokia 7 and Nokia 8. These will pose as midrangers, coming in with powerful hardware specs, probably close to what the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P had to offer. If these phones come in, we could be looking at even better Nexus phone alternatives sooner or later.
So, what do you think about the new Nokia phones? Can they take the place of Google Nexus phones in your heart? Share your thoughts in the comments below.